The Colombian government and rebel leaders reached a peace accord to officially end a war. After 52 years of conflict with 200,000 lives lost and 7 million people displaced, the Catholic bishops of Colombia continue to use the church's influence in the country to focus on reconciliation.
Congo's bishops are urgently seeking to rescue a government-opposition peace accord, reached in the final minutes of 2016.
"Our latest meeting should have covered the question of governance - but contacts between the political actors are, unfortunately, not yet realized," the bishops' conference said Jan. 24. "We have retired to consider what next, after concluding there was no real will to tackle the problems quickly."
NCR Today: Is Trump's presidency the final death knell of the two-state solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians?
Priests in factory towns say they're hearing concerns from parishioners as President Donald Trump demands companies stop investing into Mexico and start returning jobs north of the border.
NCR Today: If the Catholic church truly believes in a consistent ethic of life, it cannot hold back when so many are being killed.
Iraqi Christians who are considering leaving the country should stay put and play a role in rebuilding their war-shattered homeland, a senior prelate said in Paris. "For me, staying and resisting as a Christian minority is the right way," Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk told reporters during a visit to France to raise awareness and funds for an interfaith educational project he oversees.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issues executive order on contraceptives: The Philippine president's executive order that the government begin distributing free contraceptives to the poor by 2018 may face delays because of a pending case before the country's Supreme Court.
Preview: Hunger levels are so severe in southern Madagascar that many in remote villages have eaten almost nothing but cactus fruit for up to four years.
Despite violence against them, representatives of Turkey's small Catholic minority insist they'll resist intimidation and are counting on the Islamist government to provide protection.
Upcoming presidential elections in Somalia: Bishop who serves as apostolic administrator sees signs of hope, but he says changes are needed.